The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

(Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter)

4K Digital Restoration

My favorite postwar German film . . . a quiet poem of various desolations." 

Stanley Kauffmann

Arthur Brauss, Kai Fischer, Erika Pluhar, Libgart Schwarz,

Wenders’s professional feature debut explores contemporary West Germany’s wastelands, as experienced by a fading soccer goalie who’s lost interest in the game, or in following rules. Kicked out of a game, the bored goalie Josef Bloch begins a very long walk away, one that takes him on a journey across the less scenic ends of the modern world—crumbling walls, crap bars, isolated villages, interrupted only by the squawk of American rock, alcohol, a woman, a fight, and, one night, a strangling. In one hundred minutes, Wenders delivers a thesis on desolation, both cultural and personal. “Every frame haunts you for goddamn weeks” (Tony Rayns).

Jason Sanders
  • Wim Wenders
  • Peter Handke
Based On
  • The short novel by Peter Handke

  • Robby Müller
  • Jürgen Knieper
  • German
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 4K DCP
  • 100 mins
  • Janus Films/Criterion Collection

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